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Influenza Vaccine May Decrease Risk of Heart Attack

Bloomberg News reports on a study in Heart that has shown that the flu vaccine may actually help prevent heart attacks. Scientists studied 559 patients in Australia and, “compared 275 hospitalized heart attack patients with 284 people who were treated in a hospital outpatient department from 2008 to 2010.” They found that the flu vaccine decreased the likelihood of a heart attack by 45% overall and by over 60% in older patients. The findings may be due to the inflammatory properties of influenza which may cause inflammatory proteins to clog arteries and veins. Scientists are hopeful about the findings, which they believe suggest a broader applicability of the flu vaccine.

Read the article published by Bloomberg News.

Read the study in Heart.